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Improving Energy Efficiency through Technology
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Improving Energy Efficiency through Technology

Trends, Investment Behaviour and Policy Design

9781845423902 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by the late Raymond J.G.M. Florax, formerly Professor of Spatial and Environmental Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, US, Henri L.F. de Groot, Professor, VU University Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute and Ecorys NEI, the Netherlands and Peter Mulder, Assistant Professor, VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands
Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84542 390 2 Extent: 352 pp
This innovative book explores the adoption of energy-saving technologies and their impact on energy efficiency improvements. It contains a mix of theoretical and empirical contributions, and combines and compares economic and physical indicators to monitor and analyse trends in energy efficiency.

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This innovative book explores the adoption of energy-saving technologies and their impact on energy efficiency improvements. It contains a mix of theoretical and empirical contributions, and combines and compares economic and physical indicators to monitor and analyse trends in energy efficiency.

The authors pay considerable attention to empirical research on the determinants of energy-saving investment including uncertainty, energy-price volatility and subsidies. They also discuss the role of energy modelling in policy design and the potential effect of energy policies on technology diffusion in energy-extensive sectors.

Written from a multi-disciplinary perspective, this book will appeal to academics and graduates in the areas of energy-saving technologies, energy economics and natural resource economics as well as policy-makers – particularly those in energy policy.
Critical Acclaim
‘Increasing energy efficiency is important because it offers the prospect of partly solving our climate change and energy security problems without pain. This book sheds further light on the issue, focusing on energy-extensive economic activities which, by sheer volume, collectively use a substantial amount of energy. That simple fact alone makes this book worthwhile, but there are many other gems.’
– Richard Tol, The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Ireland

‘This book rightly focuses on energy efficiency for the less energy-intensive sectors of our economy. In many industrialized countries the share of these sectors is growing, yet little attention is paid to energy, either by companies themselves, or by policy-makers or scientists. While focusing mainly on experiences in the Netherlands, this book makes an excellent contribution to the study of these sectors and, most importantly, initiates more comprehensive multi-disciplinary analyses.’
– Ernst Worrell, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Contributors
Contributors: K. Blok, H.L.F. de Groot, R.J.G.M. Florax, M. Harmelink, G.W. Hunter, S. Joosen, M.J. Koetse, P. Mulder, M.K. Patel, A. Ramírez, W.J.H. van Groenendaal, D.P. van Soest, H.R.J. Vollebergh
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Contents:

Preface

INTRODUCTION
1. Energy Efficiency and Technological Change
Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Henri L.F. de Groot and Peter Mulder

PART I: TRENDS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
2. A Spatial Perspective on Global Energy Productivity Trends
Peter Mulder, Raymond J.G.M. Florax and Henri L.F. de Groot

3. Energy-Productivity Performance Across 14 OECD Countries: The Role of Energy-Extensive Sectors
Peter Mulder and Henri L.F. de Groot

4. Using Physical Indicators to Monitor Energy Efficiency in Energy-Extensive Sectors
Andrea Ramírez, Martin K. Patel and Kornelis Blok

5. Monitoring Energy Use and Energy Efficiency in the Dutch Service Sector
Andrea Ramírez, Martin K. Patel and Kornelis Blok

PART II: TECHNOLOGY AND INVESTMENT BEHAVIOUR
6. Adoption Criteria, Diffusion and Firm Size: The Role of Learning in Reconciling Theories of Endogenous Technical Change with Empirical Evidence
Greg W. Hunter

7. A Meta-Regression Analysis of the Investment–Uncertainty Relationship
Mark J. Koetse, Henri L.F. de Groot and Raymond J.G.M. Florax

8. The Effects of Uncertainty on Investments: Analysing the Environmental Impact of Energy Market Liberalization
Daan P. van Soest and Henri L.F. de Groot

PART III: ENERGY POLICY DESIGN
9. Energy Investment Behaviour: Firm Heterogeneity and Subsidy Design
Daan P. van Soest and Herman R.J. Vollebergh

10. Effectiveness of Energy Policies in the Service Sector
Kornelis Blok, Suzanne Joosen and Mirjam Harmelink

11. Energy Model and Policy Advice: The Effect of Model Choice
Willem J.H. van Groenendaal

EPILOGUE
12. Conclusions and Future Research
Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Henri L.F. de Groot and Peter Mulder

Index

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